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Artist Creates Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ in 50,000 LEGO Pieces

Japan artist Jumpei Mitsui, who is one of the 21 LEGO Certified Professionals, created Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. He spent 400 hours to create this Lego sculpture. Mitsui used 50,000 cobalt and white Lego pieces during this work. To recreate this iconic work in three-dimensions, Mitsui studied videos of waves crashing and pored over academic papers on the topic. He then sketched a detailed model before assembling the textured water, three boats, and Mount Fuji that span more than five feet.

Mitsui used 50,000 Lego pieces to create The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

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You can watch how Mitsui worked while creating this sculpture